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Large clinical trial finds pirfenidone may help lung function in IPF patients
Date:5/17/2009

ATS 2009, SAN DIEGOA large, well-controlled, multi-national clinical trial program has demonstrated the effectiveness and safety of what may become the first FDA-approved medicine for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF.

In a Phase III clinical study program called "CAPACITY," investigators discovered that the oral anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory agent, pirfenidone, could slow the deterioration of lung capacity in patients suffering from IPF.

The researchers presented their findings on Sunday, May 17, at the American Thoracic Society's 105th International Conference in San Diego.

The CAPACITY trial consisted of two multi-national, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III trials (CAPACITY 1 and CAPACITY 2) designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of pirfenidone in IPF patients with mild to moderate impairment in lung function. The primary endpoint of change in percent predicted forced vital capacity (FVC) at week 72 was met with statistical significance in CAPACITY 2 (p=0.001), along with the secondary endpoints of categorical change in FVC and progression-free survival (PFS), defined as time to either death, a 10-percent decrease in FVC or a 15-percent decrease in DLCO (diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide). The primary endpoint was not met in CAPACITY 1 (p=0.501), but evidence of a pirfenidone treatment effect on the primary endpoint was observed at several periods in that trial. Importantly, greater than 80 percent of patients in the trials completed treatment and greater than 90 percent completed the study.

An exploratory analysis of pooled data from both trials revealed that treatment with pirfenidone resulted in a 30-percent relative reduction in the percentage of patients who experienced an absolute decline in percent predicted FVC of at least 10 percent. This magnitude of decline is considered clinically meaningful, as a 10-percent decline in percent predicted FVC has been shown in multiple stud
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Contact: Keely Savoie
ksavoie@thoracic.org
212-315-8620
American Thoracic Society
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